Transforming UU Ministries Through Scholarship Gifts
Thanks to the incredible support of many generous donors like you, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is able to award over 60 scholarships per year to students preparing for Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministry. Some of these scholarships are set up in the names of past Unitarian Universalist Association Presidents to honor their legacies. Others are named for the donors who’ve endowed scholarship funds aimed at supporting students with certain values, certain history, and certain aspirations.
Many scholarship donors view their contributions as a means to grow our vibrant faith and invest in its future by promoting excellence in ministry. This support is often essential for the scholarship recipients to answer their calls to ministry. Marcia Stanard, a student at Meadville Lombard and recipient of the Martha and Robert Atherton Ministerial Scholarship, says, “I am a forty year-old student, and the mother of two young children, and it is very difficult to come up with the money to attend seminary.”
Gretchen Haley, student at the Iliff School of Theology, recently received the Ingeborg C. Haseltine Scholarship, established by Haseltine’s estate gift to support women pursuing UU ministry. Haley shares, “My seminary experience has expanded my understanding of scripture, broadened my knowledge of world religions and the religious impulse, and offered me a vision for what Unitarian Universalism can be here, and now, for our hungry world… I know that I would not be able to do it without support such as the Ingeborg C. Haseltine Scholarship.”
Acknowledging the amazing potential of these scholarships to transform their own lives, many recipients affirm their intentions to change the world around them, in turn, by taking immediate action. Scott Rudolph, a student at Meadville Lombard, received the Roy H. Pollack Scholarship last year. He says, “because of the relief this scholarship provides, I will be able to devote more of my energy toward environmental efforts in Hyde Park and in Greater Chicago.” Rudolph has established an environmental group at Meadville and has engaged in many social justice events for which he might not otherwise have had the time. “Being the recipient of such generosity is not soon forgotten, and the difference it makes is lasting.”
The award of a ministerial scholarship is much more profound than simple tuition support. A single scholarship can serve to truly deepen the recipient’s faith and call to Unitarian Universalist ministry. And the gift of hundreds of scholarships over the years will continue to strengthen our entire movement as many talented aspiring ministers are given the chance to achieve their goals, touched by the generosity of the donors who’ve invested in them.
“This award means a lot more to me than just the reduction of my debt load,” says Karen Green, recipient of the John A. Buehrens Ministerial Scholarship and student at Starr King School for the Ministry. “Receiving this grant affirms that I am where I am meant to be. It reaffirms my faith in the interconnected and interdependent web of existence.”
Visit our scholarship pages for information about UU scholarships, including those named here, and how to apply.
You can also contact us to find out more about donating to these scholarships.